0 Have your say IN the deepest, darkest depths of Rotherham there is a shop that you enter at your peril. Packed with potions and spells, Grimm & Co, makes Diagon Alley look like Primark. This apothecary is an adventure in shopping and a delight to young and old, a must visit for anyone interested in the unusual. It is also the hub of a charitable creative writing project that helps children throughout the county. It is more than a shop, but an enjoyable, wonderful and creative adventure that is the future of our town centres.Kate Hardcastle: Why our high streets must wake up and smell the coffee As people turn from high street shopping to buy off the internet, Grimm & Co offer the adventurous entrepreneur the opportunity to do something similar and offer the customer experience shopping. Not just a shop, but an adventure to be enjoyed time and time again.For as more and more people abandon the high street and shops close, the towns in our county need … [Read more...] about GP Taylor: The high street is finished – it’s time for change and start by moving larger retailers out of town
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Change is sweeping across retail, affecting the way we all shop, spend, and interact in our town centres. Most analysts agree that there is currently too much retail space, often in the wrong locations, and that, while our high streets of the future will remain commercial centres, they will look radically different to what we see now. Future high streets are likely to feature fewer clothing stores, chicken shops and bookmakers, with more homes, libraries and GP surgeries, as well as footfall-drivers such as childcare centres and gyms to draw people back to our town centres. This kind of mixed offering of retail, housing and services is what local people value. It’s what we see in our most successful high streets up and down the country, and it was backed-up by the recent High Street Report from an independent panel of retail experts headed up by Sir John Timpson. Ensuring that towns have the flexibility and freedoms to respond to local needs will be crucial to their future … [Read more...] about The power of free markets can liberate Britain’s high streets
A jewellery shop that has been in Sittingbourne High Street for more than 18 years is closing next month.H Samuel, opposite The Methodist Church, will shut on Thursday, January 3.It is owned by Signet Jewelers, which also owns the Ernest Jones jewellery brand.There are around 290 H Samuel stores in the UK.Confirming the Sittingbourne closure, a company spokesman said: “We continually re-assess our portfolio of stores on a store-by-store basis, particularly when individual store leases come up for renewal.“This particular closure bears no reflection upon the future plans of the Signet business estate overall within the UK.”The company declined to comment further on its decision to close the Sittingbourne shop.It is just eight months after the jewellery chain closed its store in Sheerness High Street.Now, the nearest branches are 11 miles away at Hempstead Valley and 15 miles away in Chatham, although the company says it has a "wide online offering".Daren Blackbourn, … [Read more...] about High Street store quits town
0 Have your say YORKSHIRE’S high streets and town centres are fading away with shop closures reaching alarming levels leaving thousands in the region without jobs. Dewsbury has already lost its Marks & Spencer, Hull is set to lose House of Fraser and Doncaster its New Look store. Even pubs, banks and post offices that have been the stalwart of our town centres and high streets for years have disappeared, leaving these centres of community life, symbols of local pride, prosperity and cohesion at risk of extinction.This has not happened by accident. Whilst there is some truth in the argument that out-of-town shopping complexes have enticed shoppers away from the high street and that online shopping has dramatically altered consumer behaviour, the root causes of our high streets woes run much deeper.For example, rents for commercial properties on the high street are on the rise, the business rates system is complex and unfair, transport links and parking … [Read more...] about Rebecca Long Bailey: High streets need support now – this is Labour’s plan of action
It's tough times for our high streets ... but all is not lost. The Daily Mirror has revealed the challenges - and those bucking the trend - with our High Street Fightback campaign. Today we get behind the Great British High Street Awards and launch a search to find the individuals making a difference. Nominations for the High Street Hero Award, in association with the Daily Mirror, close on August 22. Whether it’s someone who gives time, money or just enthusiasm, don’t delay and tell us why they should be named the High Street Hero. A shortlist will be unveiled on September 17. Winners, one for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, will be announced in November. For categories and how to submit an entry for the awards, run by the Government and sponsored by Visa, visit www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk Here, TV host Simon Reeve says why it’s vital to take part... Over the past few months, I’ve been exploring high streets … [Read more...] about Simon Reeve asks: Who are the High Street heroes keeping towns alive?